Dr. Izeduwa (Zed) is the UN Women’s Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa charged with the responsibility of championing Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in the region.
She has a wealth of experience in gender programming, humanitarian, public health and development work. She recently served in South Sudan and Liberia as the UN Women Country Representative.
Prior to joining UN Women, she served with UNFPA as Gender Adviser in Ethiopia and HIV Programme Specialist in Malawi. She worked with Actionaid International as Regional HIV Coordinator, based in Nairobi and as a Policy Officer/ International HIV Campaigns Coordinator in Brussels. She had her first UN experience with the former-UNIFEM in her home country of Nigeria after several years of work for the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare as a Medical Officer.
A national of Nigeria, Zed holds Master’s degree in Public health from the University of London and a Diploma in Tropical Medicine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She received her MB ChB from the University of Jos in Nigeria.